Primary Election: Polls are open from 12 Noon - 9 PM
General Election: Polls are open from 6 AM - 9 PM
To Register To Vote You Must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen.
- Be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you register. * Note: You must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote.
- Be a resident of the county for at least 30 days before the election.
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
- Not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction.
You can obtain a mail registration form by calling 1-800-FOR-VOTE or your County Board of Election. Forms are also available at most government agencies and post offices. Complete the form and mail it to your County Board of Elections. You may also register in person at your County Board of Elections.
You need to re-register if:
- You move out of the County.
- Change your name.
- Change your party enrollment.
- Move within the County.
Voting in Primary Elections
You must be enrolled in one of the 5 recognized parties (i.e., Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Green, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality or Reform) and there must be a primary in the party in which you are enrolled.
***To vote in the upcoming Presidential Primary, you must be a registered Republican or Democrat. For already registered voters, any change to party enrollment was to have been requested by October 9th, 2015 in order for it to have gone into effect and be applicable for any primary election occurring in 2016 or beyond. The deadline for new voter registrations is March 25th.***
Indicating your choice of party enrollment
Use the same form as you do to register to vote. In Section 1, indicate that you are filing either a new registration or a change of enrollment, then complete the rest of the form and choose your enrollment in Section 10. *Note: If you are already registered and are filing a change of enrollment, the change will not take effect until after the next November General Election.
Where do I vote?
Each year, 65 to 75 days before the General Election, you should receive a postcard from the Board of Elections verifying your current address. This card also indicates the location of your polling place and whether or not this place is accessible to the handicapped. If you have any questions about the information provided, call your County Board of Elections.
How can I obtain an absentee ballot?
If you will be absent from your county on election day because of your occupation, business, vacation or studies, you can request an absentee ballot application and vote by absentee ballot in any primary, special or general election. The application may be obtained from any Board of Elections. If you are calling or applying by mail, you must do so at least seven days before the election. If you are applying in person, you may do so up to and including the day before the election. You may also vote by absentee ballot if you are ill or have a physical disability. Persons who are permanently ill or disabled may receive absentee ballots for all future elections by filing only one application indicating your illness or disability. You will then be sent an absentee ballot for every primary, special or general election for which you qualify as a voter.